11-11-11, Sciatica & Mykonos (2011 Trip) Pics!

It’s a weird-looking date hence there’s all sorts of things that wanted to have this as a momentous date, incidentally for some and totally intentional for others.

Incidentally? It’s Veteran’s Day (yay soldiers and airmen and seamen and marines!) and it’s all-the-way-up-to-volume-11 Spinal Tap day too.  Intentionally?  Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The HP7 Pt2 Blu-Ray, and Immortals came out.  I’m excited for the first two…the last one, maybe if we could watch it on mute.  I’ve read that there are plenty of Greek soldiers who don’t know how to wear a shirt in it.  That’s always a good thing.

I’ve been playing GTA4 and Tropico 4 a lot lately, then dabbled just a bit in Skyrim this morning but I can not let myself get absorbed.  Must try to get through these in due time.

Oh yeah, if you know or care about my sciatic nerve problems, my MRI revealed that indeed I do have a tear in one of my spinal vertebrae discs, about 5mm in length.  The resulting glob of goo from the disc is now pushing up against the bunch of nerves coming out from the spine and, you guessed it, one batch is that set of nerves that runs down my right leg.  OH THE FUN.  My options per the doctor are surgery, steroid injections, or let it heal some more/physical therapy.  He advised against the first two as the rationale was that in two years, all options will result in the same relief.  And surgery and steroid injections all have additional risks and such associated….so I did opt to continue with trying to get better with time.  I can admit that the pain has reduced, although my days go from pretty good to pretty bad.  And lately, trying to get out of bed has been horrendous – I’m not sure what is causing it but it’s insane.  I have a feeling that because I doubled up on the Gabapentin at night, I move around more than I should and when the Gaba wears off, the pain comes roaring in.

I bought a seat cushion that has a cutout right where your ass-crack is;  apparently that is to allow your spine to not get that upwards pressure from the seat as just your asscheeks are sitting while the spine can sorta sit through it?  I don’t know, I am using it now and I am feeling way better when sitting than I did previously, so perhaps I’ll need to swing by the medical supply store and pick two more up, one for the car and one for the office….  Anyway, once my pain is such that is nearly minimal, I can start some physical therapy to strengthen my core.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get a six-pack….like this guy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, it’s Veteran’s Day, and this guy has dogtags on, so I bet he must be a Veteran too…. heh heh…

Alright, enough hotness from random strangers for you.  Here are some well-deserved pics from Larry & my trip around the Eastern Mediterranean – this time from the lovely and fantastic spot of Mykonos, Greece.  It really is amazing how wonderful the weather was the entire trip.  Sure, it was effing hot, but there wasn’t any rain nor any gloomy days, except for the day at sea which was coming up the day after Mykonos.  But who cares, right?  That’s what the inside of a massive cruise ship is there for.

June 22, 2012 Update:  I think that the captions of the photos for this particular excursion are sufficient to describe the adventure on this day.  It was a great day and full of beautiful Greek island scenery.  One of the fun highlights was while eating lunch on the Mykonos coast before heading back to the ship.  Lots of people-watching (aka checking out hot guys).  The ship left in the afternoon so when we got back, there was time to go hang out by the pool which was a fantastic way to drink and soak up the rays.  Some times, you just need to put your feet up, listen to the music, and enjoy the sun.

Islands of Delos and Mykonos (Greece), Sept 6, 2011

Off to the Isle of Delos

The view from our room of the Mykonos area
The view from our room of the Mykonos area06-Sep-2011 07:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
06-Sep-2011 07:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Mykonos Greece!
Mykonos Greece!06-Sep-2011 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 500
 
It's hard to get over how huge our ship is
It's hard to get over how huge our ship is06-Sep-2011 08:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Our excursion for the day was to the island of Delos, reachable by ferry
Our excursion for the day was to the island of Delos, reachable by ferry06-Sep-2011 08:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Love how there's some random church on some random island
Love how there's some random church on some random island06-Sep-2011 08:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
One of those cruise ships with masts and sails - maybe one day
One of those cruise ships with masts and sails - maybe one day06-Sep-2011 08:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.8, 18.8mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
On Delos looking back towards Mykonos, I think
On Delos looking back towards Mykonos, I think06-Sep-2011 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.48mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
The clear water of the sea
The clear water of the sea06-Sep-2011 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
 
In the ancient and quite intact ruins of Delos
In the ancient and quite intact ruins of Delos06-Sep-2011 09:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 09:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
It's the commercial district
It's the commercial district06-Sep-2011 09:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Delos was deserted for over a thousand years, allowing much to remain intact
Delos was deserted for over a thousand years, allowing much to remain intact06-Sep-2011 09:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
It was only in the last hundred or so years it was excavated
It was only in the last hundred or so years it was excavated06-Sep-2011 09:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Larry in the ruins of Delos
Larry in the ruins of Delos06-Sep-2011 09:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 

Climbing Mt Cynthus on Delos

AT first we weren't going to, but we had time to take the path
AT first we weren't going to, but we had time to take the path06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
..the path to Mt Cynthus' summit
..the path to Mt Cynthus' summit06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
We have our climbing shoes on, so let's go
We have our climbing shoes on, so let's go06-Sep-2011 10:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
We weren't alone on our quest
We weren't alone on our quest06-Sep-2011 10:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
You can see midway up is the temple of Isis
You can see midway up is the temple of Isis06-Sep-2011 10:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.702mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
This is the House of Hermes
This is the House of Hermes06-Sep-2011 10:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
You can also see the dock we arrived on
You can also see the dock we arrived on06-Sep-2011 10:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Such a beautiful place
Such a beautiful place06-Sep-2011 10:58, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
You can also see that the seas were a bit rough
You can also see that the seas were a bit rough06-Sep-2011 10:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
The House of the Masks
The House of the Masks06-Sep-2011 10:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
My shirt matches the seas!
My shirt matches the seas!06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Sep-2011 11:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Approaching the temple of Isis - yep, an Egyptian god temple
Approaching the temple of Isis - yep, an Egyptian god temple06-Sep-2011 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
This temple of Isis - since Delos was such a middleground, even Egyptians had fun
This temple of Isis - since Delos was such a middleground, even Egyptians had fun06-Sep-2011 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

Back to Mykonos

Back at the dock looking back at Mt Cynthus
Back at the dock looking back at Mt Cynthus06-Sep-2011 11:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
At our seat on the ferry
At our seat on the ferry06-Sep-2011 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
About an hour long ride back to Mykonos
About an hour long ride back to Mykonos06-Sep-2011 11:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
06-Sep-2011 12:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Our ship docked away from the main Mykonos port
Our ship docked away from the main Mykonos port06-Sep-2011 12:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 13.182999mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
The white buildings of Mykonos
The white buildings of Mykonos06-Sep-2011 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.702mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
Apparently it's quite the hotbed of nightlife activity
Apparently it's quite the hotbed of nightlife activity06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Look at this place - Mykonos is gorgeous
Look at this place - Mykonos is gorgeous06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
The water, the white buildings - so beautiful
The water, the white buildings - so beautiful06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
06-Sep-2011 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 8.924mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
In Mykonos town
In Mykonos town06-Sep-2011 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Me and the Mykonos Greeks - most likely they're all tourists like us
Me and the Mykonos Greeks - most likely they're all tourists like us06-Sep-2011 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

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